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Community Historian

Department: Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience
Location: Chestertown, MD

Washington College invites qualified applicants to apply for a three-year grant-funded Community Historian position within Chesapeake Heartland – An African American Humanities Project, a public history collaborative managed at the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. The Community Historian will work closely with campus and community partners to ensure robust and coordinated participation in Chesapeake Heartland. The project is a new collaboration among Washington College, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Mellon Foundation, and a diverse array of local organizations. It seeks to preserve, digitize, interpret, and make accessible materials related to African American history and culture in Kent County, Maryland – building an innovative model for similar projects across the Chesapeake region.

The Community Historian will serve as the primary contact and coordinator for Chesapeake Heartland’s “community curation” efforts: locating, digitizing, and preserving documents, photos, artifacts, and similar materials, as well as providing resources for community members to curate and share this history. Working closely with other staff, faculty, and students at Washington College, this staff member will be the Center’s primary liaison to community stakeholders ensuring that the project develops with continuous attention to meeting community-identified needs and goals, including the strengthening of local non-profits and schools, the creation of work and learning opportunities for young people, and the strengthening of campus-community partnerships.

The Community Historian will also act as a supervisor and mentor for Washington College undergraduates, developing and implementing opportunities for students to participate in the work of the Center, particularly the Chesapeake Heartland project.

Significant experience in the field of community history is required, including demonstrated strengths in community outreach and non-profit collaboration. Strong knowledge of American and African American history is also required. Teaching and mentoring experience is strongly preferred, as is a familiarity with oral history, museum studies, genealogy, and/or event planning.  

Washington College, with 1,450 undergraduates, is a liberal-arts institution that emphasizes close student/faculty collaboration and integrative learning. Established in 1782, it is the nation’s 10th-oldest college and the first one chartered in the newly independent United States, as well as America’s first fully secular college. George Washington was among the institution’s original trustees and major donors.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references through our online portal. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Washington College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse cultural environment and encourages applications from women, minorities, disabled persons, and veterans.

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